Stephen Curry has had plenty of memorable performances with the Golden State Warriors.
But more than just scoring 54 points in a single game, Curry is hoping to help the Warriors regain momentum as they head toward the key stretches of the NBA season.
The Warriors lost 109-105 to the New York Knicks on Wednesday despite the 54-point performance for Curry who remains on top of his game. In playing the full 48 minutes, he was 18-of-28 from the floor and 11-of-13 in three-pointers while going a perfect, 7-of-7 from the free-throw line. He also shared the ball, considering he had seven assists.
Curry could tell early on that his three-pointers were going in so he decided to stick with it.
For the season, Curry remains on top of his game, averaging 38.9 minutes per contest, hitting 44.7 percent of his shots and averaging 21.9 points per outing, plus 6.5 assists.
But the Warriors, at 33-25, aren’t exactly following Curry’s lead. They lost to the Knicks despite his 54 points and also lost 108-97 to the Indiana Pacers despite his 38 points the night before on 14-of-20 shooting.
As the old saying goes, it’s a team game and Curry still can’t carry the Warriors on his back. Ironically, when he scored less than 20 the three previous game, the Warriors won. They had lost six straight before that when he had some big games. He scored 32, 29 and 27 points in games that the Warriors lost.
So for Curry to score a lot of points, it’s almost not a blessing for the Warriors if they lose in that case. Other players need to stay in the game, needless to say.